An­other of the coun­try’s large so­lar pro­jects is the Wel­spun En­ergy so­lar farm, gen­er­at­ing 151 megawatts. Wel­spun So­lar is mit­i­gat­ing 216,372 tonnes of car­bon emis­sions an­nu­ally, pro­vid­ing power to 624,000 homes Geogeum Is­land – which is South Korea’s sun

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that re­new­able en­ergy pro­jects will gen­er­ate 60 per­cent of the na­tion’s elec­tric­ity by 2030, al­though that seems over-am­bi­tious; at present, 80 per­cent of In­dia’s elec­tric­ity out­put is gen­er­ated by fos­sil fu­els. More­over, In­dia’s coal out­put is ac­tu­ally in­creas­ing, with con­cerns that it may dou­ble by 2020.

De­spite these ob­vi­ous chal­lenges, the gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tion is for so­lar en­ergy to power 60 mil­lion homes by 2022 as part of the na­tional goal to pro­duce 40 per­cent of their power from non-fos­sil fu­els. At full ca­pac­ity, the new plant in Ka­muthi is es­ti­mated to pro­duce enough elec­tric­ity to power around 150,000 homes.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by re­search group Bridge to In­dia, the new plant has edged In­dia’s to­tal in­stalled so­lar ca­pac­ity across the im­pres­sive 10 gi­gawatt thresh­old. Owing to the com­ple­tion of this mas­sive plant, In­dia is an­tic­i­pated to be­come a leader in the so­lar mar­ket, fall­ing third in the so­lar en­ergy out­put rank­ings in 2017, af­ter China and the US. The gov­ern­ment aims to quadru­ple cur­rent global so­lar power to 1 ter­awatt by 2030. There are also plans in place to build even larger so­lar farms in Andhra Pradesh. ag

The gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tion is for so­lar en­ergy to power 60 mil­lion homes by 2022

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